Asylum seekers inside the Manus Island processing centre have sewn their lips together in protest at their lengthy detention, poor living conditions and the prospect of resettling in Papua New Guinea.
An asylum seeker who spoke to the ABC said 15 people have sewn their lips together and 400 men are on hunger strike.
Australia’s Immigration Department runs the centre and confirmed that detainees were protesting, but said it was a passive protest and asylum seekers were not refusing food. – ABC News 24.
What on earth is happening? Is the world crazy, or is it just a few of us who are insane in thinking this is completely unacceptable and call for the detention of innocents to be stopped?
No we are sane in believing so, and there should be more of us who are prepared to oppose this travesty of not giving human rights, legal assistance, proper mental and physical care to the hundreds of people that have tried to find freedom from persecution from their homelands for themselves and their families.
This morning as I sat down with my morning cuppa I watched as one dear soul has gone one step further and decided to swallow razor blades. This human being is NOT a terrorist, he is, in fact a Christian from Egypt who had to flee from being persecuted for his beliefs. To all you Aussie Christians out there who believe what this current government is doing is humane and for the best, I ask you this: How do you feel about detaining fellow Christians? Doesn’t this fall under the realm of ‘Christian persecution’? If you think it doesn’t think again and perhaps go see a doctor about your apathy levels.
I suppose it was ok to the Christians when they just thought they were all Muslims huh. Now how do you feel? I’ll tell you something, if you still support detention centers and off shore processing you aren’t Christians. Not REAL Christians at any rate. Sure you can think you are, and you can pray for the Lord to ‘intercede’ on your behalf etc etc however that is not enough and deep down inside you know that to be true.
The incarceration of any innocent is wrong in my opinion, regardless of race, gender, colour or religion, and the last time I checked everyone is considered to be presumed innocent until proven guilty by our laws. So what have these poor people done to be placed in such horrific conditions by a 1st world country? Nothing. The short answer is political greed for the fools in power and fear of the unknown for the fools who let them be elected.
Ignorance is a very dangerous tool when wielded by anyone let alone people in powerful positions who are supposed to be working for us, the people who put them there. This current Abbott government are treating these refugees like they are POW’s and the POW camps are offshore. You can dip a turd in chocolate however it’s still a turd underneath, and this is what is happening with these so-called ‘detention centers. They’re just glorified POW camps.
The Abbott government has also used the children detained in these centers as political pawns, trying to manipulate the opposition and independents by getting these children to beg to MP’s to pass bills for this government. What is any real Christian supposed to make of that and then sleep soundly at night? This is the time to show everyone what real Christianity is all about, forgiveness and grace.
The people in power, whether they be politicians/heads of state, or the real people in charge, big global corporations make no mistake they are in it for the greed folks and nothing more.
Hundreds of asylum seekers in Mike Compound are on hunger strike and refusing to return to their compounds as a wave of protest sweeps Manus Island detention centre from Tuesday morning and into the night.
Other compounds are expected to join the hunger strike on Wednesday as chants of “Freedom, What do we want, Freedom” were going back and forward between Mike, Foxtrot and Delta compounds Tuesday night.
At least one asylum seeker in Mike Compound has stitched his lips in protest. The protest began on Tuesday morning as running water stopped on Manus Island –meaning there is no water for the showers or to wash. Hundreds of plastic bottles are piling up in shower blocks.
Threats by guards to send in PNG police to disperse the protesters and force the asylum seekers in Mike Compound back to their rooms have only added to the fears and the tensions in the detention centre. – Refugee Action Co-alition.org
Names like ‘Mike’ ‘Foxtrot’ ‘Delta’ for these ‘compounds’….has such an imposingly military ring to it, huh.
Until next time, be good to each other.
Comrade Mumma Bear.
Firstly I would like to say HAPPY NEW YEAR to all and sundry. It is officially 2015, and if you have your resolutions to start then you’d best get cracking! As for me, I didn’t have a resolution until around the middle of 2014. After repeatedly hearing about this current LNP government’s grand plans, changes, rip offs and disgusting inhumane acts in our media (murdoch, mainstream and Indy) and its intention to continue to do even worse to us this year (like it hasn’t already crapped on this great nation enough already) I am determined to do whatever I can to assist in whatever way I can to make sure that these assholes don’t continue to sit on easy street and remain in government.
What can you do I hear you ask (well ok, I can’t hear you but I know that’s what you’re wondering) and to answer your query, there are a number of things. The first thing is to find where and how I can help, like choosing a cause that’s currently being fought for (or choose a plethora of them with this government, either at a state or federal level) and then start. If you want to you can create a cause that is dear to your heart and start there. I have chosen a few and am going to focus on one at a time in regards to what I believe is their relevance.
I want to say I’m starting with the proposed new “initiatives” (rwnj lingo for rip offs) to our university students, however I am going to start with asylum seekers and the folks that are currently locked up in Aussie detention centers offshore. It’s like this government couldn’t insult and devalue human life anymore so they thought ‘oh I know! let’s put them offshore just to add insult to the obviously current injury and hardship they’re facing. Also they’ll be off our soil and you know what they say chaps, out of sight out of mind’! So, how’s THAT going for you LNP? Are they out of mind? The nation says ‘hell no’ and wants something done about it.
We have some wonderful human rights activists, lawyers, and even some politicians that are currently voicing their opposition to the continued detention of these poor folks, and let’s be honest, they ARE poor folks. They are NOT a threat to our culture or country like our current government would love us to believe. We are, after all, supposed to be this big multicultural nation that others in their time of need can turn to and come to escape the wars (civil or otherwise) or horrific conditions and live in peace and unity. So what the hell happened I hear you ask? Ask the current LNP government and it’s incredibly inept leader Tony Abbott and his henchman Scott Morrison. We are now jailing people for trying to get our assistance. This HAS to end.
Unfortunately, our despot of a leader has decided that Peter Dutton (yes that Peter Dutton, the one that does great brussels sprout impersonations and used to be a cop) is now going to be in charge of that portfolio. This fact scares the hell out of me as he is desperate to make a name for himself within the LNP. We have seen how that worked for Morrison, and look where he is now! Morrison got to his current status by manipulating and terrorizing asylum seekers in detention and climbed on the backs of these people to rise higher in the party. Pure and simple. So what do you think dear Mr Dutton will have in store for them?
Mr Dutton had better have a good long hard look at the real priorities these people have in his new portfolio, the hardships they are facing and that will get worse the longer they are locked up, and the fact that their basic fundamental human rights are non-existent. If they remain in detention we shall have a generation of innocents that will be brought up believing that prison is natural. No child should ever be treated this way. This IS a serious issue and we NEED to address this as a nation to Mr Dutton as soon as possible.
It only takes one person to start something, and only one voice to be heard by another to create a chain reaction and thus creating change. And I do want change. And I’m not the only one out there. So, when do we start Australia? Je suis prest , are you?
Until next time, be good to each other.
Comrade Mumma Bear.